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Ichneumon by Facial-Tic Ichneumon by Facial-Tic
In medieval literature, the ichneumon or echinemon ("tracker" in Greek) was the mortal enemy of the dragon. It's features were those of a mongoose, except it was a size to rival a dragon. The ichneumon was one of the few who could look at a cockatrice without turning to stone.

"The ichneumon is known for its willingness to fight to the death. To do this, it first covers itself with several coats of mud, drying each coat in the sun to form a kind of armor. When ready it attacks, turning away from the blows it receives until it sees an opportunity, then with its head held sideways it goes for its enemy's throat. The ichneumon also attacks the crocodile in a similar manner." - Pliny the Elder
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